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    http://chizinepub.com/other-covenant...jewish-people/

    OTHER COVENANTS: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People

    Edited by Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum

    Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) claimed that the Jews invented the very concept of history. They were the first, he said, to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere. However, what if time is not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes? Award-winning author/editors Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum propose to answer this question in Other Covenants, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history, to be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019! SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    • Submission window: August 28, 2017 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time to Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • Open to submissions by authors of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.
    • Please do not submit by email. We will accept digital submissions only via the Moksha submissions system at https://chizinepub.moksha.io/publication/other-covenants.
    • Stories must be in the alternate history genre and must be clearly relevant to the theme of the anthology.
    • Length: 500–15,000 words. There are relatively few spots for stories at the high end, so please query first if you think your story will go long.
    • Preference will be given to stories previously unpublished in English, however, we will consider previously published stories on a case-by-case basis.
    • NEW: Also open to poetry submissions. Original poems on theme. No more than 2 pages (8.5 x 11) in length. (Maximum word count set arbitrarily to 2,000 words as system won’t allow max lines or pages.) No need to double-space.
    • Submissions may be made in English or French. Author is responsible for translations into English after acceptance.
    • English-language translations of stories from other languages (published or unpublished) are welcome, but we can only accept submissions in English or French.
    • Multiple submissions welcome; up to two stories maximum per author, sent under separate cover.
    • We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please (we promise to respond promptly).
    • Initial responses (rejections, holds, and rewrite requests) within 30 days of submission; final responses no later than 30 days after the deadline.
    • Payment is 8 cents per word in Canadian funds. (SFWA qualifying after exchange to US funds).
    • File formats accepted: .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
    • Formatting: indented paragraphs; italics in italics (not underlined); Canadian spelling; use # (or other unambiguous symbol) to indicate scene breaks; no headers, footers, or pagination; no outlandish formatting, please; full contact info (name, street address, email, phone number) and word count on the first page. That said, don’t fret too much about formatting; good fiction is what’s most important. (Correct spelling also counts.)
    • Please include a cover letter with a brief author bio, title of story, and full contact info, including street address.
    • Please do not summarize or describe the story in the cover letter.
    • To be published by ChiZine Publications in Fall 2019.
    • Rights: First World Rights, including audio and translation rights. (NOTE: CZP has a foreign rights agent who will be presenting the anthology in foreign markets.)
    • NOTE ON PSEUDONYMS: we will only publish one story per author, even if you write under several names; please use your real name on all correspondence and indicate your pseudonym in the cover letter and on the byline of the story itself.
    • NOTE ON SUBJECT MATTER: Any book dealing with the Jewish people, Jewish history and Israel will, by definition, be controversial. We welcome controversy and politics, but don’t forget that this is a fiction anthology. Telling good stories takes first, second and third place. Submissions that grind axes loud enough to drown out the story are unlikely to be accepted.
    • Questions or queries: othercovenants@gmail.com. Please don’t submit stories via email, as noted above.
    A WORD ABOUT THE ALTERNATE HISTORY GENRE
    Other Covenants is open to authors of every background, and for those of you who may not be familiar with alternate history, here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of the genre.
    A popular sub-genre of speculative fiction, alternative history weaves fictional narratives into the “what-if”s of the past, and explores the infinite number of historical roads not taken in the past, present or future. The Collins English Dictionary defines alternative history as “a genre of fiction in which the author speculates on how the course of history might have been altered if a particular historical event had had a different outcome.” According to Steven H. Silver, an American science fiction editor, alternate history requires three things: 1. A point of divergence from the history of our world prior to the time at which the author is writing
    2. A change that would alter history as it is known
    3. An examination of the ramifications of that change Although alternate history is related to counterfactual history, it is distinct from it. The latter term is used by historians to refer to the academic, non-literary, question “what could have happened if . . .”. Now please don’t take the above as prescriptive or proscriptive. We understand that boundaries are vague, definitions are fuzzy, and the distinction between an alternate history and a counterfactual may be entirely in the eye of the beholder. But whatever voice you write in, please keep in mind that first and foremost we are looking for stories about characters. Also, though alternate history originated as a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy and may incorporate tropes like the many-worlds theory, parallel universes, time travel, mysticism and magic, these are not requirements. Use them if you want to, don’t use them if you don’t. The only speculative element required is the break from history as we know it, and the effect of that break on the Jewish people. THE KIND OF THEMES WE MIGHT EXPLORE: Please don’t take these as prescriptive or proscriptive either, the whole canvas of Jewish history is open to you—Biblical, historical and mythological: What if • the Holocaust had never happened?
    What if • Joseph’s brothers had not sold him into slavery in Egypt?
    What if • The State of Israel had been established in Uganda? Or Germany?
    What if • Jesus’ followers had not broken with Judaism?
    What if • The Jews had proselytized their faith door-to-door for a thousand years?
    What if • The Romans had not destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple?
    What if • Judaism became the dominant Western religion, but was riven by conflicts between the Temple priesthood and reformist rabbis who put the Torah and prayer before Temple ritual and sacrifice?
    What if • The Spanish Inquisition had never occurred?
    What if • Napoleon had not smashed down Europe’s ghetto walls?
    What if • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were reality . . . in some other universe? ABOUT THE EDITORS Andrea D. Lobel has been a writer and editor for over a decade, winning two awards for her work. An ordained rabbi and university lecturer, she holds an M.A. in Religious Studies (McGill University), and a Ph.D. in Religion (Concordia University), specializing in the history of religion and science, astronomy and religion, celestial mythologies, calendars, magic, and religious authority in Judaism, as well as in the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context. Her book, Under a Censored Sky: Astronomy and Rabbinic Authority in the Talmud Bavli and Related Literature, is forthcoming from Brill Publishers in 2018–19. Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the acclaimed comics series Northguard and Angloman with Gabriel Morrissette. Northguard has recently been revived by Chapterhouse Comics in Toronto. In addition to writing comics, Mark has published science fiction in various magazine and anthology markets including On Spec and Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. As an editor, he co-edited Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis in 1998 and Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen in 2016 with Claude Lalumière. Mark shared an Aurora Award with John Dupuis in 1999 for Arrowdreams, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Mark and Andrea live in Ottawa with their daughter.
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  • #2
    http://otterlibris.com/open-projects...investigation/

    The Concept – MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation
    Sometimes the tools that mundane detectives use to solve the crimes of the world just aren’t enough – sometimes you have to call on a little magic. We’re looking for urban fantasy stories that involve a crime scene and require the investigator to use magic or engage the aid of a magical being to solve the crime. Did the house’s hob see what really happened in the domestic violence incident? Does a detective come into possession of a genie’s lamp that will grant him one wish, and he uses it to solve the case that got away? Does your gumshoe use a tracking spell to find the perpetrator using a few strands of hair she found at the scene? The people in your world can use magic openly or on the sly, it’s all up to you. But your story must be urban fantasy, and involve a crime scene and magic in some way.
    What we don’t want to see:
    On page sexual assault, child abuse, or animal abuse – this is an immediate rejection. Your investigator may be trying to solve one of those crimes, but we will not accept a story with one of those crimes happening on the page.
    Gratuitous anything – violence, sex, profanity, doesn’t matter. If it is not integral to the story and it’s not advancing the plot or character development, we don’t want to see blood, gore, or sex just for shock value’s sake (this goes for language too). We are not opposed to violence, sex, or profanity – as long as it belongs in the story and it’s not just there to shock and titillate. Think of how far we’re willing to go based on the well known movie rating system – if it would qualify for a PG, PG-13, or R rating, we’ll look at it. If it would be NC-17 or up, we’ll have to pass, thank you.
    Thinly veiled fan fiction of another author’s world and characters. We’re looking for your original work.
    Poorly researched magic systems or magical creatures from a culture you are not familiar with. If you are going to venture into new worlds or cultures, make sure you’ve done your research and you know all the rules, taboos, and how to pronounce the names.
    What we do want to see:
    Comedy, comedy, comedy! We truly don’t see enough of this in the slush pile and giving us something that makes us laugh will give you a leg up on the competition.
    Diverse protagonists – we’ve got nothing against the classic gumshoes of the noir era (usually white males), but we want to see something new. This doesn’t mean we won’t accept a story with a white male lead, but you’re going to have to knock our socks off.
    Magic systems and magical creatures outside of the typical European-based fare that’s dominated Western publishing for so long. Again, we want something new and fresh; and if you do use the more well known European-based magic and creatures, you’re going to have to wow us.
    Word Count:
    We’re looking for stories that fall in the 3,000 to 10,000 word range. We will consider looking at stories outside this range, but they need to be just too good for us to pass up. You have a much better chance if you keep the word count within our range. Please query us before sending a story outside of the word count guidelines.
    Reprints:
    We prefer unpublished, original fiction. However, we will consider including one or two reprints in this anthology, but only if they are overwhelmingly fantastic. Make sure you let us know if your story has been published elsewhere before.
    Rights:
    We wish to purchase exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for one year, and non-exclusive print, e-book, and audio rights for a period of five years after that, with the option to re-negotiate additional years of rights after that. We are asking for audio rights because if we can get funding, we also want to produce an audio version using professional voice talent.
    Payment:
    Unpublished stories earn a onetime fee of $25 plus one contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Reprints earn a onetime fee of $10 plus one contributor’s copy for the original terms of the contract. Payment is within 90 days of publication.
    Sending your submission:
    We will be accepting electronic submissions only. Make sure you put “MCSI” in your email subject line. No simultaneous or multiple submissions please. Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file to submissions at otterlibris dot com.
    Submission Window:
    We will be open for submissions for the anthology beginning on October 1, 2017 and close to submissions on January 31, 2018. Any submissions received outside of this window will be deleted unread. We expect to respond to submissions throughout the window with a “no, thanks” or “we’d like to hold this for further consideration,” with final decisions going out approximately six to eight weeks after the closing date.
    Expected Publication Date:
    We will be running a Kickstarter to generate interest and word of mouth in June 2018, and we expect to publish the anthology in August of 2018.
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    • #3
      http://radiantcrownpublishing.com/ca...ranean-series/
      SUBMISSIONS WINDOW
      January 1st, 2018- March 1st, 2018
      Anything submitted outside of this window will be deleted unread.
      THEME
      ISBN-10: Coming Soon
      ISBN-13: Coming Soon
      Hex Gunslinger is an upcoming anthology of speculative, mysterious, and romantic weird western tall tales! Framed as an unearthed secret library years after the civil war, each story should hold the ethos of western expansion beginning in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, and ending around the 1850s not necessarily restricted to a North American audience. Do not take manifest destiny as a mantra to live by. Shape a world with all the magic and mystery of the frontier without letting the ugliness of conquest be consumed with fantastic whimsy. We want wide open plains where violence ruled, underground movements brewing with tension, and the Wild Wild West in all it’s beauty and madness. Bring us your stories marking the age of the gold rush, injustice, genocide, mass immigration, transcontinental railroads, vigilante justice, telegraphs, outlaws, gunslingers, slick talkers, setting suns, and the impending civil war that would rip a nation apart. Deadline March 1st, 2018 11:59 EST.
      INSPIRATION
      Preacher (TV)









      Jonah Woodson Hex (Comic)









      RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION
      • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
      • If an audiobook is produced, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights
      • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 8 months from the date of publication
      Please query if anything listed is of concern. Here is a good explanation of what this entails.
      LENGTH & GUIDELINES
      SHORT STORIES: 1000 to 7,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.
      NOVELETTE: 7,500 to 17,499 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.
      NOVELLA: 17,500 to 40,000 words. Paid $0.01USD per word.
      SPOTLIGHT SHORT STORY: 1000 to 1500 words. One story involving a person of color serving as an officer of the law (officially or unofficially) as a central element of the plot. Paid $0.02USD or $0.03USD per word.
      All payments made through PayPal. Please note that these are not professional rates. Fiction can only be resold as a reprint after publication. Decide if you want to take this payment scheme or submit to another market.
      HARD SALES
      • Poorly formatted and edited work
      • Works above the word counts and/or untitled
      • Overtly racist, sexist, violent, etc. works without adding value overall
      ABSOLUTE NO
      • Fanfiction of any kind
      • Excerpts out of a novel
      • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases
      OF INTEREST
      • Pushing the boundaries of genre and form
      • People of Color, disabled people, women, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized groups at the forefront
      • Pulp fiction, Weird Western, Cattlepunk, Southern Gothic, Folkloric Monsters, Occult Magick, Slipstream, Cowboys & Aliens, and so on
      SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES
      Where?
      Email?
      • The subject line should read HEXGUNSLINGER: CATEGORY : TITLE (WORD COUNT) ex). HEXGUNSLINGER: SHORT STORIES: Super Story (1001)
      • A short cover letter is required. Please include your legal name, pen name (if relevant), contact information, recent publications/awards (if any), and a bio of 50-150 words. Interview questions will be sent to accepted authors. A photo of you is required if accepted as well
      Format?
      • Submissions should be attached in the email as a .rtf, .doc or .docx
      • Shunn’s manuscript style for fiction required (double-spaced, 12 pt standard font, page numbers, etc.)
      Courtesy?
      • Reprints encouraged!
      • Translations into English are welcome
      • Up to two submissions in total allowed
      • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted! Alert RCP immediately should your work be accepted somewhere else (congrats in advance!)
      RESPONSE TIME
      Currently around two months after submitting. Do not query before then. We do not send out notification We will try to answer all submissions with an acceptance or rejection letter.
      CONFIDENTIALITY
      Any personal information collected (including but not limited to your name, address, email, social media links, and pen name) is held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone else unless compelled by law or in the event threats are leveled against the staff.
      If a third party contacts RCP interested in an author’s or artist’s work, the author/artist will be contacted first to ask permission to share details.
      LEGALESE
      By sending us your work you understand and agree that:
      • You are the original creator and copyright holder of the work submitted;
      • You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of exclusive electronic & print rights in English, first world translation rights into English, reprint rights, and/or non-exclusive audio rights to the work;
      • All information submitted is accurate and truthful; and
      • You accept sole responsibility for any false statements upon rights not disclosed.
      If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf. Finally, if accepted here and then republished, you are required to add the title of this anthology as your previous place of publication.


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      • #4
        https://post-to-print.com/submission...om-a-cats-POV/
        SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: FROM A CAT’S P.O.V. (Deadline 3-1-18)

        1. You must be eighteen or older.
        2. Stories must be the previously unpublished, original work of the submitting author.
        3. Your story must be written in English, double-spaced in 12pt. Times New Roman font, and submitted by email as a .doc or .docx file attachment, or copied directly into the body of the email to robinpraytor@post-to-print.com.
        4. Your story must be complete, edited, and publication-ready, between 3,000 and 10,000 words.
        5. Your story must be written (fully or partially) from a cat’s point of view. The cat (or cats) does not need to be a principal character, but its character should impact the plot in some manner.
        6. All genres and time periods will be considered excluding erotica, but including mainstream literature, romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk (or any “punk” sub-genre), humor, paranormal, or horror. Achieving a variety of genre will be a component in selection.
        7. Most adult language is acceptable, but indiscriminate or extreme usage may affect selection.
        8. Multiple stories by the same author will be considered but each story must be submitted separately and will be treated contractually as a separate submission.
        9. Simultaneous submissions are okay; but, please notify us immediately if your story has been picked up by another publisher. (This is a generous provision, and failure to advise us that your story is no longer available can jeopardize your future standing as a contributing author.)
        10. You will be notified of your submission status within thirty days of receipt. If your story is selected, emailed notification will include an attached Publishing Agreement for your review and signature.
        The following summarizes the major terms in the agreement, but the summary is not part of the agreement nor intended to replace the necessity to read the agreement in its entirety prior to signing.
        Publication: The story will be included in an anthology book (to be named) and published in ebook format (and print formats at the discretion of the Publisher) to Amazon (Kindle), and may be published to other online retailers, such as Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple iBook, and Kobo, at the discretion of the Publisher.
        Payment: All payments will be made to contributing author by check or Paypal (preferred method) within thirty days of the ebook publication date (or sooner at Publisher’s discretion). Payment shall be in the amount of $25.00 for each submission selected by Publisher.
        IMPORTANT: For published pieces, Post-To-Print takes Electronic Publishing Rights and First Print. Note that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web. Once your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for a token payment, is advisable.
        Other consideration: If the anthology is offered for sale in paperback format (excluding reprints and box-sets), each contributing author will receive one paperback copy at no charge.
        Contributing Author Warranties: The contributing author must warrant that s/he owns the copyright for each individual story submitted, and that the submission(s) is the original work and creation of the contributing author and only the contributing author.
        Copyright: The Anthology will be copyrighted separate from each individual story, and individual copyright notices for each story will be printed on the appropriate front page of the publication(s) (or other location depending on the publication format).
        Author Credit: In addition to the customary copyright notice, each contributing author’s story title, and byline will be listed within the pages of the anthology book in the order of the story’s appearance, and on other pages as appropriate and customary. The presentation order of individual stories will be determined at the discretion of the Publisher.
        Author page(s), not to exceed five hundred words, will be allocated at the end of the anthology for each contributing author’s biographical information, referral to his/her website, blog or similar online site and social media accounts, and the promotion of other published works by the contributing author, if any. No advertising or promotion unrelated to the author’s internet presence or published, or soon to be published, works will be allowed.
        IMPORTANT:This anthology may contain a story (or stories) written by Post-To-Print’s staff; however, staff submissions will never constitute a majority of stories selected and will be considered as a means to fill the publication if the desired number of stories is nearly met at submission deadline. Our approximate goal for publication is 80,000 words.
        Cost of Publication: The Publisher will absorb all costs of production and publication, if any, i.e., costs associated with editing, cover art, and formatting. The Publisher has final say in selecting and approving cover art and cover design.
        Personal Information: Each contributing author is required to provide the following personal information to the Publisher upon signing the Publishing Agreement:
          • Full legal name and all pen names
          • Physical address, including zip code
          • Cell and/or home telephone number(s) (and the best times to reach you)
          • A list of all URLs/addresses to your personal website(s) and/or blog(s), and social media accounts, including Amazon author pages, Facebook, Flicker, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meetup, Pinterest, and Twitter—whatever applies.
        Please feel free to email me directly if you have questions that aren’t answered above. I’m looking forward to receiving your submission.

        Robin Praytor, Managing Editor
        Post-To-Print Publishers, LLC
        robinpraytor@post-to-print.com
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